Each year our campus is lit up by the brilliance, color, and culture of hundreds of students from around the world who choose to study at Andrews University. From our International Flag Mall to the International Food Fair and much more, international students are celebrated as we Engage Globally.
Beginning anything in life can be both stressful and exhilarating. We are eager to help you transition to living in the Andrews community surrounding the main campus. Attending international orientation is required. Plan to attend the general undergraduate or graduate orientation as well. Both are key to successfully reaching your study goals.
US student visas are granted through US Consular Services upon issue of an I-20 document by the university to which an student from outside the US is admitted. For an I-20 to be issues, students are required to supply evidence of sponsorships together with twelve months of bank documentation for all personal and family funds. These documents should prove financial ability to sustain educational expenses for the duration of the educational program. The following funds and documents are only required of non-US residents coming to study on the main campus:
Make sure to mark your name and ID number clearly on any transactions. Include specific dollar amounts on how the funds should be allocated (i.e., International deposit, Residence Hall deposit). Payment can be made by wire transfer using Flywire, the University's approved service for sending and receiving wire transfers.
If you have questions regarding the budget sheet, please contact the International Financial Specialist at 269-471-6380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For specific questions regarding the I-20, contact the Office of International Student Services & Programs at 269-471-3310 or email email@example.com.
After admission to an Andrews University program and once we receive the required documents and $3,100 deposit (see previous section), the Office of International Student Services & Programs will mail your I-20 Form with an email notification including the tracking number. When you receive this I-20 document, please schedule an appointment at the closest US Embassy or Consulate office. Please apply for an F1 student visa. You may only study at Andrews University with a F1 or a J1 visa.
Each time you enter the United States, by air or by border crossing, you must present your passport with student visa and your I-20. Students from Canada, Bahamas and Bermuda are exempt from student visa. Carry copies of the documents presented to Andrews University to gain your I-20 as evidence of financial support can be requested at port of entry. Please request all documents inspected by customs officers to be returned as they are your property and you are required to show them at each port of entry.
You will be sent the I-94 document after you arrive into the United States. Please bring it along with your passport to the International Student Services office as soon as you arrive. Canadians may still receive it in paper.
Feel free to email International Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 269-471-3310 for help.
We are happy to pick you up if you arrive at the South Bend airport by plane, train, or bus, as long as you email your flight/train/bus number and arrival time, along with the number of persons arriving, at least 3 days in advance. Please complete this form should you need to be picked up: Airport Pickup Form
If you arrive through Chicago's O'Hare or Midway airports, purchase bus tickets from Coach USA Express Bus to come to their South Bend Airport stop, just 30 minutes by road from Andrews University.
To make sure your transition to living and studying at Andrews is both smooth and pleasant, new students are required to attend the International Students Orientation. During this time, key information about your international status and resources in this community will be provided. Watch for emails with the time and venue for the orientation for your first semester, and plan your travel to arrive prior to this.
Please bring your passport, I-20 document and I-94 document to this orientation.